Nice to launch the Ze-O electric MPVThe £14,000 Ze-O hits the UK this autumn

17 July 2008

The Ze-0 from the Nice Car Company

The Nice Car Company is set to unveil an all-electric MPV at next week’s British International Motor Show. 

The £14,000 Ze-O is coming to the UK this autumn and is being marketed as the ‘first all-electric car available within a family budget’.

Nice says the entry level Ze-O will be able to do up to 65 miles of city driving before needing to be recharged, and it has a top speed of 55mph.

Battery

Optional, longer-range lithium-ion battery options will also be available soon, the carmaker said.

As it's a greener car, the Ze-O will be exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge, and Nice claims it will cost only a few pence per mile to run.

Julian Wilford, co-founder of the Nice Car Company, said: ‘All-electric sports car prototypes are eye-catching and interesting.

‘However, we all know customers want practical electric cars and they want them sooner rather than later.

The Ze-O is a genuinely spacious and affordable car; it’s coming to the UK this autumn and to the rest of Europe during 2009. We expect to be very busy at the motor show.’

Family car

Which? Car editor Richard Headland said: ‘We're looking forward to seeing the Ze-O first hand at the motor show.

‘Although electric cars appeal to many people in principle, the Ze-O will have to prove it can hold its own in practice – especially at £14,000 – a key price point for family car buyers.’

This year’s British International Motor Show runs from 23 July until 3 August at Excel in London and is expected to draw more than 550,000 visitors.